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player one day. >> reporter: if anyone who know bill mcgregor certainly would. at his 29 years here he has turned out countless nfl players, including 7 on nfl rosters last season. the most of any high school in the entire country. >> i expect great things from him this year. a tremendous college year. and then hopefully a great future down the road. but most important, i think cyrus has everything in perspective. >> reporter: it can be tough for his family. after all in cameroon american football is not, shall we say, high up on the priority list. >> well, they play rugby. it's pretty close to football. yes, it's pretty close to football. but they respect rugby a lot more than football. >> reporter: as one of the top recruits in the country he is being courted by all sorts of big-time colleges. but it's his ability to stay grounded that has impressed his coach the most. >> just a great young man. all of this publicity has not affected him at all. a great teammate and a great leader of our football team. >> reporter: dave ross, fox 5 sports. >>> thanks, ross. thanks cyrus for letting u
matha's head coach bill mcgregor was on the practice field when his wife called. >> she's on t phone and she's crying like a baby, kind of hard to understand what she was saying. she said, you know, brendan looney was killed in the helicopter crash in afghanistan. >> reporte looney was one of the nine who died when their black hawk helicopter crashed in southern afghanistan yesterday. the u.s. government says it was an accident. his football coaches it's the type of sacrifice that defined looney's life. >> he was a young man that would do anything you asked him to do and then som >> reporter: after graduating from dematha as an honor student in 1999, brendan looney went to the prestigious naval academy. there, like hi two brothers, he became a stand-up lacrosse player. he graduated in 2004 and got married in 2008. he wanted to become a navy s.e.a.l. he became one. he and his new wife were stationed in san diego when he was deployed overseas. >> in my eyes and i think in t eyes of all our community he is more than just a hero. we look at him as a superhero. >> reporter: wednesday night dozens
. >> on one. >> reporter: if anyone would know, bill mcgregor would. in his 29 years of damatla, he's turned out countless nfl prayers -- players, including seven on nfl rosters last season. the most of any hose in the entire country. >> thinks from him this year, tremendous college career and hopefully a great future down the road and most important, i think, he has everything in perspective. >> reporter: it can be tough for sirus esfather. in cameroon, the american football is not high up on the priority list. >> reporter: rug but. >> okay. >> it's -- . >> rugby. >> okay. >> it's close to football. >> reporter: as one of the top recruits in the country, sirus is being quartered by all sorts of big-time colleges. it's his ability to stay grounded that impressed his coach the most. >> he's a great young man. all of this publicity hasn't affected him at all. great teammates. >> reporter: at damatha, dave ross, fox 5 sports. >> cyrus had help with the college recruiting process and his wrath ari went through it last -- brother ari went through it last year. damatha opens its season saturday in
winner, a woman who quite frankly says horses saved her. >> reporter: 15-year-old emma mcgregor suffers from a terminal illness that attacks her central nervous system but the horses don't mind. are they like your friends? >> yeah. >> reporter: her mother says emma is slow to speak and walk, but quick to warm up to melanie buerke and her horses. >> when she is out here riding on them, she can have a chance to feel like any other little girl who wants to ride a horse. >> reporter: that's just how melanie wants kids to feel when they come to sonrise equestrian foundation, the nonprofit she founded in 2005. she uses horses to reach children with disabilities and serious illnesses. >> they are beautiful, strong, loyal. to be able to partner with an animal like that is beyond anything that you can do. >> reporter: melanie knows the healing power of horses. she says she has been rescued by horses twice in her life. as a child, melanie's parents split up. her mother's gift gave her relief. >> she bought me a horse and i began to ride that horse, and that horse gave me a reason to get up every
can't believe what you're hearing. >> reporter: bill mcgregor coached brendan loony in the late 1990s. he was a wide receiver, defensive back. >> his senior year, he was our cocaptain, and he was just a great leader and great young man, just a super, super human being. >> reporter: their undefeated football team his senior year was featured on the cheerios box. >> he was representing us very proudly. >> the greatest kid. we are just depressed over this. >> reporter: an elite navy seal, brandon loony and five other americans were killed tuesday in the crash of a nato helicopter in southern afghanistan, was it shot down or brought down by mechanical trouble, the pentagon isn't saying. >> he was born to be a navy seal, and sure enough, he gave his life being that navy seal. >> reporter: brandon graduated from the naval academy where he played lacrosse with his two younger brothers. all three loony boys went to da massa, and their mom works here. he was in the class of 1999. >> he's always going to be remembered and always have a special place here at the high school. >> reporter: at the
winner, a woman who isn't horsing around. >> reporter: 15-year-old emma mcgregor suffers from a terminal illness that attacks her central nervous system but the horses don't mind. are they like your friends? >> yeah. >> reporter: her mother says emma is slow to speak and walk, but quick to warm up to melanie buerke and her horses. >> when she is out here riding on them, she can have a chance to feel like any other little girl who wants to ride a horse. >> reporter: that's just how melanie wants kids to feel when they come to son rise equestrian foundation, the nonprofit she founded in 2005. she uses horses to reach children with disabilities and serious illnesses. >> they are beautiful, strong, loyal. to be able to partner with an animal like that is beyond anything that you can do it. >> reporter: melanie knows the healing power of horses. she says she has been rescued by horses twice in her life. as a child, melanie's parents split up. her mother's gift gave her relief. >> she bought me a horse and i goon ride that horse and it gave me a reason to get up every morning. >> reporter: th
how much sprg being made. vinita? >> we continue to hope for some resolution. simon mcgregor wood in jerusalem, thank you. >>> also from the middle east, american hiker sarah shourd is in oman this morning after her release from that prison in iran. shourd was met by her mother and american diplomats as she stepped off the plane. now the state department is challenging iran to release the two remaining hikers, josh fattal and shane bauer. >>> the u.s. troop surge in afghanistan has now reached its peak. some of those troops are supposed to come home next summer. but is that realistic? martha raddatz visited the top u.s. commander in afghanistan in an abc news exclusive. >> reporter: general david petraeus has visited dozens of combat outposts in his two-plus months here. >> are you interdicting with ground forces? >> reporter: every visit confirms how tough it is to make progress in this increasingly bloody war. >> it's very difficult and sometimes seeming to be as slow as watching grass grow or paint dry. but nonetheless, progress. >> reporter: there have been improvements in the
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